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June 22, 2017

Milton Public Library Invites Kids to Get Their Summer Read On

Saturday, June 24th 1:00 - 3:00pm

TD Summer Reading Club

Summer has arrived and Milton Public Library is inviting kids and their families to get their summer read on by registering for the annual TD Summer Reading Club, Canada's biggest summer reading program for children of all ages, all interests, and all abilities.

Join Milton Public Library on Saturday, June 24th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Main Library or Beaty Branch to launch the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club, and the Read & Ride Program. Celebrations will take place from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at both locations and include games, prizes, special guests, and activities.

Beginning Saturday, June 24th and throughout the summer, children are encouraged to register for the TD Summer Reading Club (at Main Library or Beaty Branch) and pick up their free reading kit. Kids can track their reading throughout the summer, check in with MPL staff regularly, and earn ballots for each book read to enter to win spectacular prizes.

"Kids can participate anytime, anywhere — at the Library, at home, online, on the road, or wherever their summer takes them", said Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian at Milton Public Library. "The TD Summer Reading Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators, and stories. It's designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way — the key to building a lifelong love of reading."

Various studies show children who participate in summer reading clubs maintain their reading level, whereas children who do not read over the summer may suffer from summer learning loss. Summer learning loss is cumulative and children who do not read throughout the summer can be up to two years behind by the time they reach Grade 6. The TD Summer Reading Club is a great way to keep them engaged.

In addition, Milton Public Library and Milton Transit are again joining forces to launch the Read & Ride Program for Milton children as part of the kick-off for the TD Summer Reading Club. Children, 14 years of age and younger, are encouraged to travel to and from the Library using environmentally-friendly Milton Transit for summer reading programs and materials. Children ride free on any conventional service bus from July 3 to September 2, 2017 when they show their Library card with a valid Milton Transit sticker on it (stickers are available at the Main Library and Beaty Branch beginning June 24th).

Visit Milton Public Library in-person or online and Be Inspired today. A Visit Will Get You Thinking.

For further information, please contact Anne O'Sullivan, Manager, Information Services & Programming: Anne.OSullivan@mpl.on.ca or 905-875-2665 x3260.

June 9, 2017

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - June 11-12, 2017

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Sunday, June 11 from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Hoopla Digital
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

May 23, 2017

Announcing our Summer 2017 Newsletter!

Summer Newsletter

Hot off the press .... The Summer edition of the Milton Public Library newsletter is now in print and online! The Summer Newsletter highlights programs and services for June, July and August 2017, including Summer Reading programs, along with registration dates (if applicable). You'll find each section colour-coded based on age category or interest group.

Pick up a copy on your next visit, browse our calendar, or view the PDF edition.

May 23, 2017

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - May 28-29, 2017

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Sunday, May 28 from 10:00 to 4:00 a.m. on Monday, May 29 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Hoopla Digital
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

March 31, 2017

Milton Public Library Continues to Innovate

Magnus cards like skills app

In celebration of April as National Autism Awareness Month, Milton Public Library (MPL), in partnership with Kitchener-based company Magnus Mode, is proud to continue to support the "MagnusCards" app. MagnusCards is a terrific digital life skills guide that helps people thrive and gain independence. Digital Card Decks provide step-by-step directions to do a number of different things, in this case how to visit and use Milton Public Library services.

MPL currently has five different Card Decks on the app, including: registering for a library card, using the library catalogue, finding library items, using self check-out to borrow library items, and returning a library item. In development, are five new Card Decks - set to launch later this year - which will include more information about accessing the Library online and attending programs at MPL.

Milton Public Library's involvement in the MagnusCards app demonstrates the Library's continued commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. "The Milton Public Library strives to deliver exceptional and responsive customer service to all members of our community", shared Anne O'Sullivan, Manager of Information Services & Programming. "We continue to seek new and innovative ways to empower and support people in using and enjoying our Library's services. MagnusCards helps to increase independence and self-discovery and we are happy to contribute to this app".

Join Milton Public Library to learn about the app MagnusCards on Tuesday, April 4th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 1010 Main St. East in Milton. Refreshments will be provided. Please register online or in-person at either Main Library or Beaty Branch. A Visit Will Get You Thinking.

Download the app now, available on the Apple App Store or on Google Play for Android devices, or visit mpl.magnuscards.com.

For further information, please contact Anne O'Sullivan, Manager, Information Services & Programming: Anne.OSullivan@mpl.on.ca or 905-875-2665 x3260.

March 30, 2017

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - April 2, 2017

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Sunday, April 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

March 24, 2017

Milton Public Library Strengthens Its Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Milton Public Library (MPL) continues to provide innovative tools and resources to support lifelong learning. MPL has introduced two new electronic resources: Brainfuse HelpNow and Gale Courses. Miltonians, with a valid MPL library card, now have immediate access to live online tutoring and instructor-led online courses.

Milton Public Library strives to inspire the community through discovery, collaboration, and creation. "MPL values lifelong learning and so we are thrilled to be able to offer new and unique ways to empower the community to read, learn, create, and connect", shares Leslie Fitch, CEO and Chief Librarian of Milton Public Library. "These new free offerings demonstrate our continued support for students of all ages, from young children to adults".

Children using Brainfuse

Brainfuse HelpNow connects students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with free online tutoring, writing assistance, skills building, and test preparation. Online tutors are available to provide homework help for students Monday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. In the Adult Learning Centre access resume writing support, High School Equivalency (GED) preparation, Microsoft Office Essential Skills, Canadian Citizenship practice tests and more.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses provide for interactive, instructor led courses for lifelong learning outside of a formal classroom setting. Milton residents can choose from over 350 courses that are accessible online, 24/7. Each course lasts for six weeks and new sessions begin monthly. Courses cover topics including career & professional development, computers & technology, personal enrichment, and much more!

If you live, work, or go to school in the Town of Milton, you are eligible for a library card, at no cost. Existing patrons can visit their Online Library to access all of MPL's online resources, including Brainfuse HelpNow and Gale Courses. A Visit Will Get You Thinking.

For further information, please contact Anne O'Sullivan, Manager, Information Services & Programming: Anne.OSullivan@mpl.on.ca or 905-875-2665 x3260.

March 10, 2017

Special Main Library Hours on Monday, May 1st

Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 1st to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 1st will be 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.

February 16, 2017

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - February 19 - 20, 2017

Online Services Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services may be unavailable for periods of time beginning Sunday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, February 20 at 2:00 a.m. for scheduled maintenance.

The following services may be affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Hoopla digital
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

February 10, 2017

Announcing our Spring 2017 Newsletter!

Spring Newsletter

Hot off the press .... The Spring edition of the Milton Public Library newsletter is now in print and online! The Spring Newsletter highlights programs and services for March, April, and May 2017, including March Break programs, along with registration dates (if applicable). You'll find each section colour-coded based on age category or interest group.

Pick up a copy on your next visit, browse our calendar, or view the PDF edition.

January 10, 2017

Digital Movies, Music and More ‐ Instantly Available ‐ 24/7

Hoopla digital content

Thank you for being a loyal library cardholder of Milton Public Library! We are excited to announce hoopla digital: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics / Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or smartphone!

With hoopla, there are no hold lists. Titles are available immediately! As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 5 titles per month. Titles are automatically returned after their lending period. Lending periods vary by format as follows:

  • eAudiobooks, eBooks, Comics and Graphic Novels: 21 days
  • Music Albums: 7 days
  • Movies and Television: 3 days

On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline. Alternatively, in either the hoopla app or via your browser on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the Internet by streaming.

To register and enjoy hoopla digital with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit hoopla digital via your web browser. For more information or should you have questions, please contact your Milton Public Library branch.

We hope you enjoy hoopla digital and look forward to your feedback!

January 7, 2016

Naxos Spoken Word Library - Now Available!

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Enjoy thousands of eaudiobook titles and a collection of the world's greatest literature - many classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twenty-first century.

New titles are added monthly. English, French, German and Portuguese titles are available.

Browse available titles and enjoy an eaudiobook today!

When accessing from home, your passcode is your library card barcode.

December 24, 2016

Library Offers Access to Online Courses

Gale courses

Milton Public Library now offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24 / 7. Each Gale Course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

Gale Courses is easy to use. Courses run for six weeks with new sessions beginning every month. Enroll in courses year-round!

Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job. There’s something for everyone:

  • Career & Professional Development:
    Examples include: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing
  • Computers & Technology:
    Courses cover all skill levels from beginner to advanced, even focusing on specific software applications. Examples include: Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and The Internet
  • Personal Enrichment:
    A wide array of courses truly offers the opportunity to transform lives, whether related to hobbies, education, or life resources. Examples include: Digital Photography, Health & Wellness, Sign Language, Keyboarding and Test Prep

Browse available courses and enroll today!

December 13, 2016

New Additions to Your Online Library - Coming in January

We are pleased to announce the addition of new resources to the Online Library collection. Look for these resources early in January.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers hundreds of courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. Courses are taught entirely online by instructors, and new sessions begin every month.

Hoopla

Hoopla

Borrow audiobooks, music, ebooks, comics, movies, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Featuring a collection of the world's greatest literature - classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twenty-first century. Titles are available in English, French and German.

Flipster

Flipster

More magazines are being added! Chatelaine, GQ, Newsweek Global, Vanity Fair, and Wired will join the collection in January.

December 13, 2016

Freegal Music Service Ending

As of January 15, 2017, Freegal Music will no longer be offered to Milton Public Library patrons.

Please note:

Patrons who have downloaded songs to their personal computers will continue to have access to the downloaded music.

Any music stored in the Freegal Music app itself will not be accessible as of January 15, 2017. For information on transferring songs from the Freegal app to your personal computer, visit http://milton.freegalmusic.com/questions. Helpful sections under Mobile Apps include:

December 12, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - December 12, 2016

Online Services Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Monday, December 12 from 5:00 p.m. for approximately an hour for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Milton Public Library website
  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

November 16, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - November 20, 2016

Online Services Disruption

Milton Public Library's Website, Online Catalogue and related services may be disrupted on Sunday, November 20 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Milton Public Library website
  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

November 4, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - November 5-6, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Sunday, November 6 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

October 31, 2016

The Friends of MPL

Milton Public Library is set to launch its very own Friends of the Library group, a volunteer led non-profit organization comprised of members of the community who wish to support Milton Public Library. The activities of The Friends of MPL group will be focused primarily on fundraising on behalf of the Library.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community for the benefit of the library, why not join MPL’s Friends of the Library group?

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian: Mark.Williams@mpl.on.ca.

Applications are now being accepted! Get your application package.

October 4, 2016

Celebrations for Ontario Public Library Week

October 16 to 22, 2016

A visit will get you thinking

October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable contributions libraries play in Canadians' lives, such as supporting student success, economic growth and enhancing quality of life in communities. In Ontario, we celebrate our public libraries during Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW), an annual fall event which was first announced by the province in 1985.

Milton Public Library (MPL) will be hosting a full suite of drop-in programs, celebrations and planned activities from October 16 to 22, 2016. The events highlight the importance of literacy, education and life-long learning and are accented by a strong and connected community feel. “We are proud to serve such a vibrant and engaged community here in Milton”, notes Brad Boehmer, Milton Public Library Board Chair. “We strive to maintain a continued emphasis on the library as a place for fostering connections between neighbours, partnership and development, civic pride, and community involvement”, he adds.

With more than one million visits by patrons in 2015, 58,000 cardholders, 248,000 online resources utilized, and over 400 new registered users a month, Milton Public Library is a cornerstone of our community.

Support your local library this month, connect with your community and join in the OPLW celebrations!

October 11 to 13 - Book O’ Lantern Contest, Main Library: Families are encouraged to decorate a pumpkin in the theme of a favourite book character and submit it to Main Library between October 11 to 13. Attendees at the Celebrating Stories festival (October 16th) will vote on the winning Book O’ Lantern. NOTE: Cut / carved pumpkins will NOT be accepted. Rules and application forms are available at MPL.

October 16 - Celebrating Stories, Milton Centre for the Arts: MPL, in partnership with the Town of Milton, Halton District School Board, and Halton Catholic District School Board, have planned this year’s Celebrating Stories free family festival for Sunday, October 16th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Celebrating Stories is an annual family event which promotes reading and the importance of literacy, through introducing families to both favourite and new Canadian authors. Visit www.CelebratingStories.ca for more details.

October 16 to 22 - Scavenger Hunt, Main Library and Beaty Branch (drop-in): Children will be encouraged to get to know their libraries through a scavenger hunt by seeking out clues at either Main Library or Beaty Branch to solve a challenge.

October 16 to 22 - Evergreen™ Awards: Participants in the Adult Summer Reading Program, as well as other interested patrons, are invited to cast their votes for their favourite read of the 10 nominated Evergreen™ Award titles during OPLW.

A Visit Will Get You Thinking. Visit the Milton Public Library in-person or online and Be Inspired today.

September 12, 2016

Pay Your Fines & Fees Online

Your Milton Public Library fines and fees can now be paid easily online. If you have outstanding MPL fines or fees which total $5.00 or more, we now offer a convenient and safe online payment method. Choose to pay your outstanding fines and fees via Visa, Visa Debit or MasterCard.

The process is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3:

  1. Login to your MPL account
  2. Navigate to your Fines / Fees page
  3. Complete your payment information to process payment

Your fines / fees have now been paid.

Detailed step-by-step instructions to login to your account and pay your fines or fees are available on our Catalogue Help page.

If you have questions or need technical assistance to complete payment of your fines or fees, please contact us during regular business hours at 905-875-2665 or in-person at the Main Library or Beaty Branch.

August 23, 2016

Friends of the Library

Milton Public Library is set to launch its very own Friends of the Library group, a volunteer led non-profit organization comprised of members of the community who wish to support Milton Public Library. The activities of the Friends of the Library group will be focused primarily on fundraising on behalf of the Library.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community for the benefit of the library, why not join MPL’s Friends of the Library group?

For further information, please contact Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian: Mark.Williams@mpl.on.ca.

August 9, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - August 20, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, August 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, August 21 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

July 12, 2016

Wireless Printing Now Available

We are pleased to announce that wireless printing is now available at both the Main Library and Beaty Branch.

Supported formats include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and most picture formats.

  • Colour prints: 40¢ per page
  • Black and white prints: 20¢ per page

For more information, review our wireless services or speak to a staff member at the "Ask Us" desks.